sabbsa november2007 by RahDfB


									     President - Scott Lane 599-7240        Vice President – Walter “Dub” Warren
            Secretary – Clarence Johnson Treasurer – Carl Williams, M.D.
                    [P.O. Box 200721, San Antonio, TX 78220-0721]

                         SABBSA- Believing the Bible from the first verse!

                      Evolution’s Effects & Current Creation Events

Greetings from SABBSA. This month’s newsletter will feature two news stories on how evolution is
affecting our society when it’s taken to its logical conclusion. One story is how activists are pursuing
human rights for a chimp in Austria. Another is how a noted evolutionary scientist had to resign his
prestigious position for telling the truth about evolutionary theory. We will give you the story and
pictures of a Noah’s Ark recreation in the Netherlands. Finally we will recount the misinterpretation of
a recent Neanderthal discovery and list the wealth of creation activities we are currently sponsoring.

The first story of where evolution will take us when taken to its logical conclusion comes to us in an A.
P. story by William J. Kole. A chimp in Vienna, Austria has been given a human name, Matthew Hiasl
Pan. Animal rights activists are campaigning to get Pan, a 26-year-old chimpanzee, legally declared a
person vowed to take their challenge to Austria's Supreme Court after a lower court threw out their
latest appeal. A provincial judge in the city of Wiener Neustadt dismissed the case earlier this week,
ruling that the Vienna-based Association Against Animal Factories had no legal standing to argue on
the chimp's behalf. The association, which worries the shelter caring for the chimp might close, has
been pressing to get Pan declared a "person" so a guardian can be appointed to look out for his interests
and provide him with a home. Group president Martin Balluch insists that Pan is "a being with
interests" and accuses the Austrian judicial system of “monkeying” around. "It is astounding how all
the courts try to evade the question of personhood of a chimp as much as they can," Balluch said.

The legal tussle began in February, when the animal shelter where Pan and another chimp, Rosi, have
lived for 25 years filed for bankruptcy protection. Activists want to ensure the apes don't wind up
homeless if the shelter closes. Both were captured as babies in Sierra Leone in 1982 and smuggled in a
crate to Austria for use in pharmaceutical experiments. Customs officers intercepted the shipment and
turned the chimps over to the shelter. Their upkeep costs about $6,800 a month. Donors have offered to
help, but there's a catch. Under Austrian law, only a person can receive personal gifts. Organizers
could set up a foundation to collect cash for Pan, whose life expectancy in captivity is about 60 years.
But they contend that only personhood will give him the basic rights he needs to ensure he isn't sold to
someone outside Austria, where he's now protected by strict animal cruelty laws. In April, a district
court judge rejected a British woman's petition to be declared Pan's legal guardian. That court ruled
that the chimp was neither mentally impaired nor in danger, the grounds required for an individual to
be appointed a guardian. In dismissing the association’s appeal this week, the provincial court said
only a guardian could appeal. That doesn't apply in this case, the group contends, since Pan hasn't
gained a guardian. There is legal precedence in Austria for close friends to represent people who have
no immediate family, "so he should be represented by his closest friends, as is the case," said Eberhart
Theuer, the group's legal adviser. "On these grounds we have appealed this decision to the Supreme
Court in Vienna." Until this summer, the chimp was known simply as Hiasl. However, in the latest
court documents, he was identified with a little more humanity as Matthew Hiasl Pan, with the last
name derived from "chimpanzee." The Association Against Animal Factories points out that it's not
trying to get Pan declared a human, but rather a person, which would give him some kind of legal
status. Otherwise, he is legally a thing. And with the genetic makeup of chimpanzees and humans so
strikingly similar, it contends, that just can't be” Balluch said. It can be argued that this is just an
animal rights group using every legal means necessary to safe guard an animal, but in the process they
are treating the chimp as a human, and if we are descended from apes they are our distant relatives and
may be due some due process. This is just one thorny road evolution will lead us down.

Here is another. Dr. James Watson, age 79, co-discover of the double helix structure of the DNA
molecule and who shared the 1962 Nobel prize with Dr. Francis Crick has had to resign his prestigious
post as the head of the Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory. This resignation was caused by the furor
which erupted this past month upon comments made by Dr. Watson in an interview intimating that
blacks are less intelligent than other races! In an interview printed a couple of weeks a go in the Times
in London, Dr. Watson was quoted as saying,”while there are many people of color who are very
talented… he is very gloomy about the prospects for Africa. All of our social policies are based on the
fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really!” Dr. Watson
has vehemently apologized for his comments and said “I cannot understand how I could have made
such remarks as I am quoted as having said. There is no scientific basis for such a belief.” The
laboratory also quickly distanced themselves from his remarks and reiterated that his statement was
neither the views of the lab, nor was it backed by scientific evidence. The problem with all this is that
it is where our politically correct society and our values of all men being created equal, clash head to
head with evolution’s base assumption that races, variations and species are inherently unequal. If
evolution is true, then each race must have attributes which make it different from others and
potentially give it an advantage or disadvantage over other races or species. If man evolved from the
ape, some “strains” of humans are genetically closer to the ape than others and thus may have
characteristics which are more athletic, but also are less intelligent. Such statements of course are a
breeding ground for racism, but they are the honest truth of evolutionary thought. Such thinking is how
Hitler thought that he could purify and promote the Arian race by eliminating all the Jews and blacks
who were genetically inferior by his standards. Only if God created men equally and our races are the
result of minute variations within His original preprogramming which is still fixed within the “kind
Homo-Sapien” can Dr. Watson’s statements not be true whether we like them or not!

On a more positive note, scientists have rediscovered that the appendix protects good germs in our
bodies and thus in no way is a vestigial organ as many evolutionists pose. An October 5, 2007
Associated Press story says some scientists think they have figured out the real job of the troublesome
and seemingly useless appendix: It produces and protects good germs for your gut. That's the theory
from surgeons and immunologists at Duke University Medical School, published online in a scientific
journal this week. For generations the appendix has been dismissed as superfluous. Doctors figured it
had no function, surgeons removed them routinely, and people live fine without them, and when
infected the appendix can turn deadly. It gets inflamed quickly and some people die if it isn't removed
in time. Two years ago, 321,000 Americans were hospitalized with appendicitis, according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The function of the appendix seems related to the massive
amount of bacteria populating the human digestive system, according to the study in the Journal of
Theoretical Biology. There are more bacteria than human cells in the typical body. Most of it is good
and helps us digest food. But sometimes the flora of bacteria in the intestines die or are purged.
Diseases such as cholera or amoebic dysentery would clear the gut of useful bacteria. The appendix's
job is to “reboot” the digestive system in that case. The appendix "acts as a good safe house for
bacteria," said Duke surgery professor Bill Parker, a study co-author. Its location, just below the
normal one-way flow of food and germs in the large intestine in a sort of “gut cul-de-sac,” helps
support the theory, he said. Also, the worm-shaped organ outgrowth acts like a bacteria factory,
cultivating the good germs, Parker said.
This use for the appendix is not needed in a modern industrialized society, Parker said. If a person's gut
flora dies, they can usually repopulate it easily with germs they pick up from other people, he said. But
before dense populations in modern times and during epidemics of cholera that affected a whole
region, it wasn't as easy to grow back that bacteria and the appendix came in handy. In less developed
countries, where the appendix may be still useful, the rate of appendicitis is lower than in the U.S.,
other studies have shown. He said, “the appendix may be another case of an overly hygienic society
triggering an overreaction by the body's immune system.” Gary Huffnagle, a University of Michigan
internal medicine and microbiology professor, wonders about the value of another body part that is
often yanked: "I'll bet eventually we'll find the same sort of thing with the tonsils." The fascinating
thing is that this function of the appendix has been known and documented by the American Medical
Association for more than 20 years! The same results and conclusions were published in the AMA’s
Journal more than 20 years ago. Why was this information essentially lost? It may be because it does
fit well with evolutionary theory. Surgeons have no problem cutting out tissue they think is vestigial
and useless to us. But, if it does have purpose, that might give them pause. Thus, there was simply no
interest in evaluating this data 20 years ago since it did not fit into the cozy reality evolutionists and
surgeons had set up for themselves. Further studies have also revealed that the appendix may give us a
certain amount of low level protection against some forms of common environmental radiation.
Studies show that persons who have had their appendixes removed have a higher incidence of some
cancers. This may be the effect of some type of radiation protection as yet unidentified in the appendix
or it may be the result of our system not working as well when the appendix is not there to replenish
good bacteria in our intestines. Either way the appendix now has widespread documentation that God
designed it in us with a purpose!

Also from the AP we get this story from Schagen, Netherlands -The massive central door in the side of
Noah's Ark was thrown open a couple of weeks ago. You could say it was the first time in 4,000 years.
It drew a curious crowd of pilgrims and townsfolk to behold the wonder.

Working Replica of Noah's Ark Opens. Of course, it's only a replica of the biblical Ark, built by Dutch
Creationist Johan Huibers as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible. Using old biblical
measurements, Johan's fully functional ark is 150 cubits long (225 ft.), 30 cubits high (45 ft.) and 20
cubits (30 ft.) wide. That's two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house.
Life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, bison and other animals greet visitors
as they arrive in the main hold. "The design is by my wife, Bianca," Huibers said. "She didn't really
want me to do this at all, but she said if you're going to anyway, it should look like this."
                               A contractor by trade, Huibers built the ark of cedar and pine. Biblical
Scholars debate exactly what the wood used by Noah would have been. Huibers did the work mostly
with his own hands, using modern tools and occasional help from his son Roy. Construction began in
May 2005. On the uncovered top deck, not quite ready in time for the opening, there will be a petting
zoo, with baby lambs, chickens, goats and one camel. Visitors on the first day were stunned. "its past
comprehension," said Mary Louise Starosciak, who happened to be bicycling by with her husband
while on vacation when they saw the ark looming over the local landscape. "I knew the story of Noah,
but I had no idea the boat would have been so big.” In fact, Noah's Ark as described in the Bible was
five times larger than Johan's Ark. But that still leaves enough space near the keel for a 50-seat film
theater, where kids can watch the segment of the Disney film "Fantasia" that tells the story of Noah.
Another exhibit shows water cascading down on a model of the Ark. Exhibits on the third level show
ancient tools and old-fashioned barrels, exotic stuffed animals, and a wax model of an exhausted Noah
reclining on a bed in the forecastle.

                                          Genesis says Noah kept seven pairs of most domesticated
animals and one breeding pair of all other creatures, plus his wife, three sons and three daughters-in-
law together on the boat for almost a year while the world was deluged. Perhaps it was only logical
that the replica project would be the brainchild of a Dutchman. Fears of floods are ingrained in the
country's collective consciousness by its water-drenched history.

Lois Poppema, visiting from California, said she thought the Netherlands was exactly the right place
for an ark. "Just a few weeks ago we saw Al Gore on television. Saying that all Holland will be
flooded" due to rising sea levels, she said. "I don't think the man who made this ever expected that
global warning will become (such an important) issue - and suddenly having the ark would be
meaningful in the middle of Holland." Under sunny clear skies Saturday, Huibers said he wasn't
worried about another biblical flood, since according to Genesis, the rainbow is the sign of God's
promise never to flood the world again. But he does worry that recent events such as the flooding of
New Orleans could be seen as a portent of the end of time. Huibers said he hopes the project will
renew interest in Christianity in The Netherlands, where churchgoing has fallen dramatically in the
past 50 years. He also plans to visit major cities in Belgium and Germany.

Finally, we have the interesting interpretation made by some evolutionists of Neanderthal DNA. A
recent analysis of Neanderthal DNA reveals that they possessed a gene in their DNA which has been
associated with speech in humans. Thus, the theory by evolutionists is that Neanderthals may have had
at least rudimentary speech. The DNA examined came from two Neanderthal individuals excavated at
El Sidron, a cave in northern Spain. The two finds had two differences in their FOXP2 gene which
differs from chimpanzee genes at the same point, but are analogous to modern human DNA. The fact
that DNA from Neanderthals now supposedly dead in unfrozen, wet environs for more than 30,000
years is quite suspect seeing as how fast the DNA molecule degenerates after death. Just as suspect is
the interpretation that these two differences in the FOXP2 gene automatically signal underlying speech
ability. Indeed it has been shown time and again that contrary to evolutionary thinking, the genes do
not show variations within themselves that would indicate that each gene has been slowly changed and
added to by mutation and variation, but still hold control over the same functions in different
organisms. For example, since apes have hands which are very much like our own, evolution would
expect that the gene that controls the building of the apes hand would be the same gene controlling the
creation of the human hand with minor variations or additions in the gene. Instead we find no such
homologies. We find in fact that creation of the human hand is controlled by a completely different set
of genes than in apes and that the data for the formation is spread not over one gene locale, but across
many genes (like parts of a document, saved at different times on a computer as it is added to will be
found on varying places on your hard drive). The creationist answer to this evidence is much cleaner
and far more probable. Creationists believe that Neanderthals may have been the very old humans
described in the Bible, living to hundreds of years. Their major features of large cranial capacities, out
turned teeth, hunched over postures, rickets and excessive calcification fit very well into this
hypothesis. Thus, we would not be surprised at all to find that Neanderthal DNA is similar to human
DNA since we believe they were simply extremely old humans!

At our last meeting, our SABBSA Vice President “Dub” Warren showed us a video from the Alpha
Omega Institute entitled “So-Called Proofs of Evolution: Can You Trust the Textbooks?”
featuring Dr. Dan Kurow. In this video, Dr. Kurow examined many of the supposed proofs for
evolution. Dr. Kurow broke the supposed evidence into groups such as change which the peppered
moths fall into. However, he demonstrated how the moths do not demonstrate evolution, but rather
selection. He also showed that Darwin’s finches did not show evolution, but preprogrammed
variability. The same is true for antibiotic resistance. He also showed similarity does not prove
evolution as our Neanderthal story exemplified. He showed that sequence does not prove evolution.
Finally, he showed that evolution tries to prove chance at work by there being “junk” in our bodies or
left over “vestigial” organs. As our appendix story showed, this list of junk in our bodies is being
reduced to zero! Mr. Warren would be happy to bring this video series to your church or organization,
show it to your group and facilitate a discussion about it as he ably did for us this night. Mr. Warren
was on the staff of people who proofed the material in this video from AOI.

On Sunday December 2nd SABBSA board members Dr. Carl and Cindy Williams will be giving
several creationist presentations for a church in Copperas Cove, TX. Please pray for their ministry
and thank God for this opportunity for their ministry. The Williams have been trained in the use of
creation materials from Answers in Genesis including a large body of children’s curricula. You too
can get this teaching at your place by contacting us on our contacts page of our website at If you would like to preview a portion of the children’s curriculum you are invited to
our December meeting where Cindy Williams will give a children’s presentation.

SABBSA President Scott Lane presented “What If God Wrote the Bible” to a group of about 30
people at FEAST on October 22nd. This is the fourth segment of his nine part Creation Power Point and
Video Series. If you would like to see this teaching come to your side of town contact us by phone at
599-7240 or on our website.

At our next SABBSA meeting on Tuesday, November 11th, 2007 at 7 pm, we will have Scott Lane
present the final installment of his Creation Power Point series entitled “Creation and the Courts.”
This presentation will detail the history of evolution and creation in this country the last century and
show how a nation which in 1925 would only allow creation be taught in the public schools, evolved
into a nation which today will only allow evolution in its public schools. You are invited to join us at
Jim’s Restaurant at the corner of San Pedro and Ramsey on for the presentation and Christian

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